DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will host rival Maine in a 2:00 p.m. contest this Saturday (9/30) at Lewis Field on the campus of UNH. The game marks the America East season-opener for both squads.
The Wildcats, who enter the contest with a record of 3-4-0 overall, are returning from a 10-day layoff. New Hampshire last played on September 20, losing to Massachusetts 3-1. UNH is led offensively by senior Drew Ferrigno (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.). Ferrigno has three goals and two assists for eight points, while Lawver ranks sixth among the national leaders in assists with six, while also tallying a goal. Junior Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) has seen the bulk of the action in net for the 'Cats and owns a 1.33 GAA with one shutout.
Maine enters the game with a record of 1-3-1 overall. Like UNH, the Black Bears are coming off a long layoff, having last played September 16, when they dropped a 5-0 decision to Rhode Island. Maine is led in scoring by Russell Hutchinson (Lynchburg, Va.) who has tallied five points (2-1-5) thus far. Juniors Mat Cosgriff (Cornish Flat, N.H.) and Mike Brenneman (Natick Mass.) have split the goaltending duties thus far.
UNH has won the last three meetings between the two schools. Last season, the Wildcats took a 6-2 victory in Orono behind a five-goal game from Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.). New Hampshire also owns a 19-13-1 advantage in the all-time series.